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Project 13: Porcelain Clay Ornaments

December 26, 2011

Sometimes, I think of crafts in terms of how awesome they look relative to the amount of work they take. An equation kind of like this:

Excitement with a craft = Aesthetic appeal / effort

Mmmm. Looks like quantifiable data to me. Ohhhhh yahhhh.

These clay ornaments get a pretty high score- it didn’t take long to make these and they look so lovely. I stamped them with little letters and painted them after they were baked. They’re perfect for giving away on little gifts or tucking inside cards.


Here is the recipe (originally from Woodside Kitchen)

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup soda

3/4 cup water

Mix the three ingredients together in a small saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. It will be runny/watery. Eventually (after 3 or 4 minutes) the mixture will get chunky and eventually look like mashed potatoes. Set aside and when cool, knead in a bit more cornstarch and roll out, dusting with cornstarch as needed. Cut shapes, use a straw to cut out a hole for the string, and bake at 200F for an hour, turning over once. They can finish drying at room temperature and can be painted the next day.

They’d make a great craft for kids, although it can be a bit tricky to keep the dough from getting sticky. Ah! A rhyme. 🙂

Belated merry Christmas, everyone.

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